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home exchange
HomeExchange.com’s Ed Kushins on Living Like a Global Local

At 7:00 a.m. on the West Coast, Ed Kushins is talking about what he knows best: the art of home exchanging. He speaks with a glass-half-full kind of voice and you can tell he’s a guy you’d be happy to sit next to on a 14-hour flight to Mumbai. But that’s not where he’s headed next

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Things to Do in San Antonio: Southwest City With a Bright Green Future

Ah, Texas. Your name conjures visions of cowboy hats, twangs of country music, and tastes of barbecue (with a hint of cilantro). But as a general rule it does not glow in big green letters. Not, that is, until you meet San Antonio. This vibrant southwest city is high-kicking its way into a green future, all while holding tight to its fascinating roots. Texas’s second largest city somehow manages a

Bali
Eco Travel: 10 Hotels Around the World Plant Trees For Guests

In my latest article for the Huffington Post, I tackle the subject of trees. Not climbing them or hugging them, but growing them while on vacation. As I’ve learned from having stayed in at least one hotel every month for the past three years, it’s easy to put a little piece of paper next to the bed or stack of rolled towels and talk about not laundering things for the

Norway
Norway in a Nut Shell Tour: A Mother-Daughter Adventure

Norway has always been a nature-loving country, making it a prime eco-tourism destination. I recently took a trip to visit relatives and recreate some childhood memories. The last time I had been to the land of midnight sun was in the ‘80s, back when Pan Am was still in operation and the kroner was starting to gain strength, as it continues to do (prepare to spend $9 on an ice

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Seeing San Francisco’s Green Sites on Two Wheels

Sure, you have to drop a pretty serious carbon footprint to get from New York to San Francisco, but once there, it’s the only American city that matches NYC in terms of accessibility for car-free travelers. In a part of the world where environmentalism is the norm (the garbage trucks pick up compost!) I set out to find San Francisco’s truly green attractions— the hotels that make more than a

Ghent
Learning Your A (Antwerp), B (Brussels), G’s (Ghent): Things to See in Belgium

From Brussels to Ghent to Antwerp, Belgium packs an array of experiences for the inquisitive traveler, with each city proudly displaying its unique identity while embracing innovation in gastronomy, design and architecture. From robust public transportation systems and affordable bike rentals to century-old culinary traditions that honor local artisans, Belgium pays tribute to its past while keeping a keen eye on the future

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Cooking with Cactus and a Mohawk: Ritz-Carlton’s Arizona Chef on the Local Food Movement

Joel Harrington has covered a lot of ground since his days as a teenage fry cook at a family-owned restaurant in Vermont. The Chef de Cuisine at Core Kitchen and Wine Bar of The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Arizona, has spent time in New York, California and Texas—earning praise and nominations along the way from the likes of the James Beard Foundation, Zagat, and Esquire—but seems to have settled nicely